Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute


Science and Laboratory Techniques

Code:  5M3807
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Analytical Chemist   Biomedical Scientist  
Molecular Biologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Industrial Chemist   Engineer - Petroleum  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Geochemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Engineer - Production & Process   
Geneticist   Pharmacologist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biochemist  
Biotechnologist   Metallurgist  
Materials Technician   Pharmaceutical Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Clinical Trials Scientist  
Neurologist   Orthoptist  
Optometrist   Gastroenterologist  
Orthodontist   Oncologist  
Genetic Technologist   Ophthalmologist  
Epidemiologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Neuroscientist   Radiologist - Radiation Therapist  
Reflexologist   Perfusionist  
Embryologist   Clinical / Medical Technologist  
Radiologist - Diagnostic    Surgeon - Oral  
Dentist - Periodontist   Forensic Pathologist  
Naturopath   Immunologist  
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist   Audiologist  
Homeopath   Psychiatrist  
Osteopath   Phlebotomist  
Surgeon    Laboratory Technician  
Pharmacist   Podiatrist / Chiropodist  
Dentist - General   Laboratory Manager  
Anaesthetist   Paediatrician  
Microbiologist   Coroner  
Herbalist   Doctor / GP  
Dietician   Neurophysiology Technician  
Medical Laboratory Technician   Medical Laboratory Assistant  
Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist   Anatomical Pathology Technician  
Dental Technician   Nurse - Advanced Nurse Practitioner  
Nurse - Public Health   Nurse - General  
Physical Therapist   Lactation Consultant  
Nurse - Midwife   Chiropractor  
Nurse Tutor   Nurse - Intellectual Disability  
Vision Rehabilitation Therapists   Spinologist  
Nurse - Children's   Aromatherapist  
Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care   Nurse Prescriber  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Physiotherapist  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Medical & Healthcare
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Progression Routes

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